1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Convertible 4/BJ7-23484
Lot 646
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Convertible 4/BJ7-23484
Sold for £19,550 (US$ 30,573) inc. premium

Lot Details
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Convertible
Registration no. 893 GWA
Chassis no. 4/BJ7-23484
Engine no. 29FUH-4667
The enlargement of its C-Series six-cylinder engine to 2,912cc and the adoption of Girling front disc brakes differentiated the new-for-1959 Austin-Healey 3000 from the preceding 100/6. In 3000 form the rugged Austin six delivered 124bhp at 4,600rpm; good enough for a top speed of 114mph with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car was much as its immediate predecessor, though the more-powerful disc brakes were a welcome improvement. Unveiled in March 1961, the MkII version with re-styled grille and bonnet intake was the last 3000 available as a two-seater, the 2+2 version having been for years the more popular. Engine improvements in the form of triple SU carburettors and a revised camshaft liberated an extra 8bhp. From November ‘61 the 3000 was equipped with a new gearbox, a development which at last moved the gearlever to the centre of the transmission tunnel. In January 1962 the 2+2-only MkII Convertible (or MkIIA) appeared, boasting refinements such as winding windows, swivelling quarter-lights and fixed foldaway hood, while the adoption of a curved windscreen improved aerodynamics and increased top speed to 116mph. MkII production ceased in 1962 after 5,095 2+2s and 355 two-seaters had been built; though the MkII Convertible continued until the introduction of the 3000 MkIII in 1963.
This MkII Convertible has been in the ownership of the vendor - a long-time ‘Big Healey’ enthusiast - for the past 22 years. The vehicle was restored in the summer of 2004, being treated to a high-quality bare-metal repaint undertaken by experienced professional restorers, while the major items of brightwork were re-chromed to a high standard by Derby Plating. Finished in classic Healey pale blue metallic/white livery with white-piped dark blue upholstery, the car is presented in generally good condition, with near-perfect bodywork and excellent paint. It is offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.

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  • This car is not currently licensed. It comes with a driver’s handbook and other useful related literature
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